Amid drought, 2 LA cities find more ways to use stormwater and saltwater

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The desalination plants on Catalina Island produce 40% of the island’s drinking water. Photo courtesy of Southern California Edison.

There are two ways to survive California’s drought: Conserve water or innovate to create more usable water. Santa Monica and Avalon are trying to do both.

Marta Segura will create new early warning systems for heat waves throughout LA’s microclimates, and long-term strategies to reduce heat exposure, particularly for unhoused Angelenos. 

Sister Simone Campbell will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor this week. She’s an activist, lawyer, poet, and co-founder of the “Nuns on the Bus” movement.